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TAGS: EFIN EAID ECON PGOV HA 

SUBJECT: PREVAL ' S ECONOMIC ADVISOR OUTLINES NEW DEVELOPMENT 
PLAN 

^1 . Summary: President-elect Rene Preval ' s economic advisor 

Gabriel Verret said the theme of Preval ' s "Pact for Democracy 
and Governance" is political, social, and economic 
modernization through employment generation and a commitment 
to private investments, both foreign and Haitian. Verret 
explained that Preval is the principal author, although it 
was Verret who helped define the plan as an economic 
development policy document from Preval ' s original vision. 
Verret said that in the short-term, Preval ' s team will focus 
on the creation of jobs through the private sector. Over the 
first year of Preval ' s tenure, Verret said Preval intends to 
develop a concrete 25-year development strategy, with the 
input of political and economic players as well as civil 
society representatives. End summary. 

1[2 . Econoff met with President-elect Rene Preval ' s economic 
advisor Gabriel Verret April 7 to discuss Preval ' s 25-year 
development strategy for Haiti, known as the "Pact for 
Governance and Democracy." Verret described the plan as a 
longer-term Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper with an 
overarching theme of political, social and economic 
modernization. The primary pillars of the plan, as announced 
by Preval on April 4 in Brazil, are employment generation and 
a commitment to private investments, both Haitian and 
foreign. Other aspects of the plan include education and 
security. During the meeting, Verret focused on students and 
education: both developing in-country opportunities for 
university graduates and more vocational schools for those 
without a university or high school diploma. 

1[3 . Verret explained that Preval originally envisioned the 
plan as a political entente between Haiti's political and 
economic forces. Verret helped define the vision as an 
economic development policy document: a "road map agreed to 
by all major political players as well as the country's 
economic forces, including private sector, labor, and civil 
society." Verret said his inspiration is CLED (Center for 
Free Enterprise and Democracy) 2020, a book summarizing the 
results of forums and conferences financed by USAID from 
2000 - 2002 . 

1L4 . When asked about the realization of the development plan, 
Verret said that Preval ' s team will focus on the private 
sector agenda in the short-term, to determine how to create 



more jobs. As for the long-term, Verret said it would take 
more than a year to develop a concrete plan. He said the 
realization would include a broad representation of political 
and economic players. Specifically he noted labor leaders, 
which were left out of the CLED conferences, and 
representatives from the "non-violently inclined wing" of 
Fanmi Lavalas . 

SANDERSON